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Reverend Parris is now scared for his life after awakening that morning to find a dagger stuck in his door, a sure warning in his eyes that his life is in danger if he does not attempt to stop that day's hangings. To further add to his fear, he has discovered that Abigail, his own niece, has stolen money from him and run off, quite possibly proving to Parris in his mind that she had been fabricating these "bewitched" experiences and was now fleeing before things got worse. Parris begs Danforth to cancel the hangings in fear that the people are ready to rebel in protest. However, Danforth refuses, believing they have now gone too far as some have already hanged; furthermore, he believes that stopping the hangings now will only show their uncertainty and then truly cause a rebellion of the families belonging to those who have already died. He sees no choice but to continue on to demonstrate that they are certain with the sentencing they have given out.
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